The two final auctions of the year will be held by Christies in Hong Kong (Nov 29) and and Antiquorum in New York (Dec 5)
A few enamel dial watches are worth having a closer look at in terms of rarity and execution
Christies Hong Kong Nov 29
Lot 2950 Audubon Birds of America: Launched in 1997 the Audubon Birds of America series consited of a series of 10 watches (made in 10 pieces each) with cloisonné enamel dials inspired by the works of naturalist JJ Audubon.
Estmated at HK$120,000 - 180,000 (US$15,000-23,000, €11,000-16,500)
Lot 2955 Mercator Japan dial: A platinum Mercator model made for the Japanese market and depicting an ancient map of Japan as drawn by Dutch cartographer Mercator in the late 17th century. It is a limited edition of 30 pieces.
Estimate HK$ 320,000 - HK$480,000 (US$40,000-60,000, €30,000-44,000)
Antiquorum New York Dec 5
Lot 204 Mercator North America: A platinum Mercator model made for the American market and depicting an ancient map of the US and inspired by the works of Dutch cartographer Mercator in the late 17th century. It is a limited edition of 10 pieces (probably the rarest of the Mercator models) Estimate: $25,000 - 30,000 (€17,000 - 20,000)
(scan courtesy of Paul Butros)